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UN Emergency Relief Office Prepares Zimbabwe Package

United Nations emergency relief officials are in talks with the government of Zimbabwe to organize humanitarian aid for the victims of Harare’s May-July slum clearance drive, known locally as Operation Murambatsvina, or “Drive Out Rubbish.” A U.N. report on the eviction, demolition and resettlement campaign concluded that the “disastrous” policy left some 700,000 Zimbabweans without home or livelihood – or both.

The U.N. Office of Emergency Relief will appeal to international donors within days, the the office’s New York spokeswoman Stephanie Bunkers said in an interview with reporter Patience Rusere of VOA’s Studio 7 for Zimbabwe.

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